Balance Training for Older Adults

Physio In Motion uses NeuroGym Trainer to provide effective balance training for older adults and Physio In Motion was the first to make NeuroGym training available at home!  Training one-on-one with the NeuroGym Trainer and an experienced NeuroGym therapist from Physio In Motion is a safe and effective way for older adults to improve their balance at home.  If you improve your balance you can expect to feel safer and more secure in the community and at home and significantly reduce your risk of debilitating falls or injuries.  All balance training programs are customized to meet your abilities, needs and goals.

A recent study completed at the University of Ottawa School of Human Kinetics supports the use of the NeuroGym Trainer for balance training in older adults.  The conclusion of this study suggests that balance training with the NeuroGym system of games-based biofeedback is an effective means of improving the functional balance of community-dwelling older adults.

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The NeuroGym Trainer is a mobile, multi-faceted biofeedback device designed to help clients regain motor control and coordination. The NeuroGym Trainer uses input from various sensors to control the action of computer games, for instance to move a paddle to intercept a ball or to steer a car along a track.  Targeted muscle activity and movements can be encouraged or discouraged by simple adjustments to software parameters.  Successfully playing the game, then, depends upon meeting the minimum therapist-determined muscle activation or movement parameters. This mechanism provides real-time, speed sensitive feedback, allowing highly intensive goal-oriented and motivational rehabilitation.

Unlike traditional biofeedback devices, the NeuroGym Trainer provides exceptional versatility through the use of various input sensors that monitor muscle activity (EMG), weight shift or pressure changes, tilt, and proximity to a target. A therapist may choose to use a sensor individually or in combination with others. In addition, therapists can choose  from a number of programs to design treatment plans ranging from simple one-channel programs to multi-channel training set-ups. This versatility allows therapists to target individual muscles for relaxation or activation or to train more complex multi-joint movements.